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October 25, 2014 Updates

Just outside the trainer's office, I stood in the doorway for a good half-hour, horrified but unable to look away as Suns lifer Aaron Nelson pushed and pulled and twisted and stretched Nash's limbs in a manner that your squeamish correspondent will never forget. Just picturing the pressure Nelson was applying so close to Nash's crotch, trying to loosen up all the connected circuitry that made him go back then at 38, still makes me wince as I type about it more than two years later. Nash, of course, would eventually rise up off Nelson's training table and laugh at me for being such a baby. The daily toll it took just to get on the floor in his later years, just to be able to handle the rigors of your average Friday in the NBA, never bothered "Two Time." ESPN.com

Sadly, though, Nash has essentially never recovered from that collision with Portland's Damian Lillard in his second game as a Laker, which left him vulnerable to the heartless whims of nerve root irritation and its habit of zapping him in the back without warning. Yet close associates of the now 40-year-old insist that he's in pretty good spirits given the gravity and suddenness of Thursday's announcement from the Lakers that Nash's 2014-15 season is over before it started. It has unofficially forced Nash to retire, whether he's really ready to or not. ESPN.com

If Nash does want to continue playing, it’s possible, Rice said that after a year off the nerve damage would heal enough to allow him to do so. He pointed to Alex Rodriguez as someone who was out for a year and might come back with a healed hip and a better game than before he was suspended. “Here’s a guy who’s very competitive and he doesn’t want to go out this way … I wouldn’t put it past him,” he said of Nash. “But again if you try to measure him against what he was when he was young he’s not going to be as fast but he is going to be as smart and is that enough?” For The Win

October 24, 2014 Updates

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